Heart Attack

This patient is a 67-year-old overweight male that woke up at about 2:00 am with severe chest pain radiating up into his jaw.  He also experienced shortness of breath, and diffuse sweating. The prior two weeks he’s noticed chest tightness and labored breathing after walking up stairs. A diagnosis with diabetes and hypertension was made by his primary care physician many years ago, but he has been non-compliant with his medications.


  • Chest discomfort, feelings of pressure or fullness.
  • Pain in arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath, with or without chest pain.
  • Cold sweat, nausea and / or lightheadedness.
  • Women often have shortness of breath, nausea / vomiting, back or jaw pain.



Every 36 seconds, someone dies from heart and blood vessel diseases. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S. Don’t ignore heart MedMoments, it’s a matter of life and death.

  • Some heart attacks are sudden and intense, but most start with mild discomfort.
  • A coronary attack (heart attack) occurs when the blood flow to a part of the heart is blocked (often by a blood clot).
  • Heart attacks happens when coronary arteries that supply the heart with blood slowly become thicker and harder from a buildup of fat, cholesterol and other substances, called plaque.
  • If the heart arteries become blocked and there is no blood flow, then a heart attack occurs.  The heart muscle supplied by these heart arteries begins to die. Once that muscle dies, the results are usually permanent.


  • Don’t smoke, and avoid other people’s tobacco smoke.
  • Treat high blood pressure, if you have it.
  • Eat a healthy diet that’s low in saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol and salt.
  • Exercise at least 30 minutes on most or all days of the week.
  • Keep your weight in the normal range.
  • See your doctor for regular check-ups.
  • Take your medicines exactly as prescribed.
  • Control your blood sugar if you have diabetes.
  • Talk to your doctor, or other health-care professionals.


Learn More

Dr. OBey’s video on Heart Attack.
Informational Links can be found here.


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